What does Masha from the play The Seagull tell us about the social, political, and cultural environment of Russia at the turn of the twentieth century?

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In Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull, Masha is just one of many characters who feels unrequited love for another person.

The daughter of the managers of Sorin’s estate, Masha is a depressed young woman who uses alcohol and tobacco (snuff) to escape mentally from her boring, unfulfilling life. Part of the reason Masha is despondent is her unreturned affection for Treplev, who is in love with Nina. Meanwhile, a relatively impoverished teacher named Medvedenko is hopelessly infatuated with Masha. In his conversation with Masha at the beginning of act 1, Medvedenko asserts that she would love him if he were richer. Masha vehemently disagrees, arguing that poverty is tolerable as long as she...

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